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Big Red tops New London for second straight day

By JOE GILROY • May 1, 2018 at 10:16 PM

PLYMOUTH — Emily Akers had herself a day on Tuesday in Plymouth.

In the field, she threw her body around diving in the dirt from her shortstop position no less than three times to stop what appeared to be sure double baggers on hard hit liners in Tuesday’s game vs. New London. If that wasn’t enough, she mashed at the plate, too, where she just missed hitting for the cycle by a triple in her team’s 7-6 win.

The Big Red (10-8, 6-4) — who long ago erased an 0-6 start to the season — needed everything Akers had and then some in their Firelands Conference showdown with the Wildcats (9-5, 7-3).

After allowing the Wildcats to creep back to within a run, Plymouth scored three more in the bottom of the sixth inning that was capped off by Akers’ homerun blast of the left field fence to get back on top 7-3 heading into the final inning.

Just three outs from losing, New London made one more last-ditch effort in the seventh and after scoring three runs to trail by one. From there, the scene was set: bases loaded with two outs and Sierra Hose at the plate.

It wasn’t meant to be though, as Hose’s grounder was thrown to home for the force out giving Plymouth the 7-6 win.

“This was an exciting win over a good New London team,” Plymouth coach Tracy Arnold said. “We started out playing really well and then for some reason, I don’t know maybe they got too comfortable, but New London did a good job coming back. I think it was big that we came out and had the big sixth inning to extend the lead with the crucial homer by Emily.

“She (Emily) has been huge for us this year after being moved from centerfield to shortstop because of some injuries,” she added. “That is not an easy move to make, but she made the switch and has owned the position, I’m proud of her.”

Kathy Vangilder scored two runs and had two doubles from the plate for New London and Cassie Lay, Elizabeth Logan, Madison Rodriguez, and Sierra Hose all drove in a run a piece for New London.

“It was a tough game against a good team,” New London coach Joe Thomas said. “We started out to slow and when we did get runners on base, we did not take advantage of them and get them home. And then when you allow that many runs it’s tough to beat anyone

“Good teams don’t give up that many runs,” he added. “I am proud of them for getting themselves back in the game, unfortunately we fell short and left too many runners stranded.”

Mallory Miller picked up the win and finished the game by going four innings and striking out six and allowing two runs. Ariel Plank finished the game off with no strikeouts and allowed four runs. Kathy Vangilder threw a complete game in the loss and finished with two strikeouts while allowing seven runs (six earned).

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